DATES SKEWERS with GOAT CHEESE & PROSCIUTTO

DATES SKEWERS with GOAT CHEESE & PROSCIUTTO

Serves 4:

1/3 cup soft herbed goat cheese
16 Medjool dates, pitted
16 large basil leaves
4 wide, thin slices prosciutto di Parma, each cut into 4 long strips
16 toothpicks, soaked in water 10 minutes

Heat broiler to low. Spoon 1 teaspoon cheese into each date; wrap with a basil leaf, then a prosciutto [...]

SHRIMP AND AVOCADO

SHRIMP AND AVOCADO

Serves 4-8:
2 pounds medium shrimp (about 76), peeled and deveined
3/4 cup white-wine vinegar
1 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup capers, not drained
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon celery seeds
1/2 teaspoon Tabasco
1 cup thinly sliced onion
1/2 cup chopped celery
7 bay leaves (not California)
2 firm-ripe California avocados

Accompaniment: Soft green-leaf lettuce such as Boston

Cook shrimp in a [...]

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Photography by Mary Sylvester.